Earlier this week, I shared my three biggest side income failures. So, it seems fitting to balance that article with some thoughts on how to succeed at life.
By the way – make sure you read to the end of this post. I share an exercise to help you achieve more in life. I do this exercise at least once a year and it’s a significant factor in my biggest work-at-home successes.
We all want to succeed at life. But here’s the thing… many of us struggle to figure out exactly what success means to us. Or for that matter, what we’re meant to do with the time given to us.
I grappled with these questions for the better part of five years. Then I realized something. Simply by seeking answers, learning more about myself, and engaging with the world around me I was already living my best life.
I took these clues and delved deeper. I wanted to know what success looks like. And I came up with some surprisingly simple but life-changing answers.
How To Succeed At Life
As I thought about what success means, I realized that there are three things I value most: learning and growing, helping others, and spending time with my family.
By constantly reading and gaining new skills, I’m already doing what fulfills me. Through writing books and creating programs, I’m helping the people I want to serve. And by staying home with my kids, I’m giving more of myself to the ones I love.
Your amazing life will look different to mine. What matters is that you know what you want and that you pursue it. Which brings us to the key question…
What does success mean to you? Where do you want to go?
Brian Tracey, motivational speaker, once said:
“It doesn’t matter where you came from. All that matters is where you are going.”
But how do you figure out where you’re going? To help you answer this question, I devised a systematic approach to living well. Yes, I love systems and exercises!
(Note: this exercise is adapted from the Best Possible Self exercise published by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley).
I’d love for you to give it a go. Here’s what you need to do…
Future Life Exercise
Start by imagining how you want your life to look two years from now. Assume you’re living your best life. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself. Simply have fun and be creative. Use the instructions below to help guide you through this process:
- Avoid thinking about how your current life doesn’t match this best possible future. Focus on what you want in the future.
- Be specific. If you think about a new job or business venture, imagine exactly what you would do, who you would work with, and where it would be.
- Be as creative and imaginative as you want.
- You can use the following prompts to help you imagine more details about your future life:
What big life goal have you achieved?
Which talents or specific skills are you using?
What core values are most important to you?
Who do you most enjoy working with or helping in your personal and professional life?
What are your main sources of income?
What is your monthly or annual net income?
How many hours a day or week do you work?
What other activities do you spend time doing?
What are you most thankful for in your life?
Next, grab your favorite journal or open a document and write down your future vision. Take at least 15 minutes and write continuously.
Do not skip this step. Writing down your future vision is essential. Include as much detail as possible.
After writing down your future vision, take a break for a day or two. Then come back and re-read it. Reflect on how it makes you feel.
Do you feel excited about this future?
Does it capture what you most want in your professional and home life?
In this future are you the best version of yourself?
Feel free to go back and add or change details. Your future vision will evolve over time. What matters is that you have a direction to start moving towards right now. A future that ensures you succeed at life. And that feels amazing.
Ready To Succeed At Life?
I do the future life exercise at least once a year. As I meet goals and my life shifts, my future vision changes. Though there are always re-occurring themes like my focus on doing work I love while enjoying quality time with my family.
It’s important to review your future vision throughout the year. This will keep you on the right track.
Completing the future life exercise gives you direction and motivation. It helps you stop doing the things that are unimportant and start doing what matters most to you.
What do you think? Are you ready to succeed at life?
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